While there are a few financing problems with Steven Soderbergh’s movie The Side Effects, plans are moving ahead regardless, as Deadline reports that Catherine Zeta-Jones is in talks to reunite with Soderbergh (after Traffic and Ocean’s Twelve) on the movie.
Variety reports that that while it was announced last week that Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures would finance the movie, they’ve since backed out, and so Soderbergh is currently fielding offers from other places, with a deal expected to be signed before the end of Sundance. Earlier this month is was revealed Blake Lively, Jude Law, and Channing Tatum have also signed on, but with no money in place, their involvement isn’t 100% certain.
The film centres on Blake Lively’s character, a woman who gets addicted to prescription drugs out of fear that her husband (Channing Tatum) will be released from prison soon. Jude Law plays the woman’s new therapist, while Catherine Zeta-Jones will he Dr. Eric Siebert. The drama is said to be set in the world of psychopharmacology, the study of how drugs affect the human mind.
Steven Soderbergh is directing Side Effects from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns. Production is scheduled to begin this April in New York, assuming the money comes together.